First Step Communities (FSC), a Sacramento-based nonprofit established in 2016, has been at the forefront of providing low-barrier emergency shelter and essential social services to the most vulnerable homeless adults in the region. Moving beyond the traditional scope of shelter provision, FSC actively works towards empowering individuals to break the cycle of homelessness through comprehensive support. Acknowledged for its collaborative approach with community organizations, innovative initiatives, and a unique methodology, FSC stands as a leader in Sacramento's homeless services.
Presently, FSC operates various programs, including North A Street, The Grove, Roseville Road Campus, and Warming/Cooling Centers, with plans to introduce additional programs. For a detailed understanding of each program, visit firststepcommunities.org.
FSC's programs are designed to address the immediate needs of individuals experiencing homelessness by providing food, temporary shelter, case management, and other essential services, aiming to establish long-term stability. Recognizing the diversity of challenges faced by the homeless, FSC maintains low-barrier programs, ensuring minimal requirements for entry, and extends support to the most vulnerable, holding the belief that everyone deserves compassionate assistance.
Acknowledging the intersection of medical care and shelter as a critical necessity, FSC has forged partnerships to integrate health services into its operations. Collaborating with Willow Clinic, a team of UC Davis medical students, FSC now operates a free medical clinic at North A Street, accessible to all unsheltered individuals in the River District. Remarkably, 40% of North A participants connected with Willow Clinic have successfully transitioned into permanent housing. Additional partnerships, such as the one with Wellness without Walls and Elica, have brought monthly on-site medical services to multiple locations.
Addressing the pressing need for on-site mental health services, FSC has partnered with Life Practice Counseling Group to provide crisis-oriented individual and group therapy. In 2023, at The Grove, a significant 70% of individuals engaging in these therapy services successfully transitioned into permanent housing.
Looking ahead, FSC remains dedicated to community collaboration and plans to expand on-site services, playing a pivotal role in empowering individuals to end their homelessness journey.